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Refinancings hit highest level since March

Long-term interest rates slide again in latest survey

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Another drop in interest rates last week pushed refinancing activity to its highest level in nearly eight months, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today. The MBA's market composite index, a measure of total mortgage application volume, gained 3.8 percent last week on a seasonally adjusted basis from the week before, thanks to a 9.2 percent spike in the index that tracks refinancings. Borrowers took advantage of the second straight week of falling interest rates, in which the average contract interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dipped to 6.15 percent from 6.21 percent, the average 15-year fixed fell from 5.86 percent to 5.79 percent, and the average rate on one-year adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) dropped from 6.1 percent to 5.93 percent. Points, or loan-processing fees expressed as a percent of the total loan amount, averaged 1.05 on the 30-year loans, 1.1 on the 15-year, and 0.93 on one-year ARMs -- compared with 1.13, 1.06 and 0.92, respectively, in t...